District offers additional languages to help students compete globally

Schools in Memphis, Tenn., are using a $1.3 million federal grant to develop programs in languages expected to be important in the future global economy -- Mandarin, Russian, Japanese and Arabic. "Everyone can speak Spanish, but not everyone knows Arabic," said Alyssia Villarreal, world-language coordinator for the city's schools. "Really acquiring some proficiency in it can help you stand out in the college-admissions process."

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